Could a transurethral resection help your prostate?

An enlarged prostate is a problem for many men over 50, but the fix is not difficult.

Transurethral Resection

Around one in three Australian men over the age of 50 years have some urinary issues. In most cases, these symptoms are due to a blockage caused by an enlarged prostate.

If the inner part of the prostate gland obstructs the urethra during urination, this will irritate the bladder and cause urinary issues.

Urinary issues may include:

  • problems with starting urination
  • reduced flow
  • frequent urination, particularly at night
  • urgency and possible urgency incontinence
  • passing drops of urine involuntarily after you think you've finished
  • blood in the urine – although this can never be assumed to be due to the prostate until other causes have been excluded.


A transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP) is the surgical removal of part of the prostate gland. It is one option available to relieve the symptoms of an enlarged prostate or other benign (non-cancerous) prostate disease. It is by far the most common of the surgical procedures used for benign prostate disease.

TURP is sometimes referred to as a 're-bore'. It involves inserting a slender instrument through the urethra into the bladder.

Only the middle part of the prostate is removed to allow you to pass urine more easily.

TURP is used most often for non-cancerous blockage, but may also be used in some cases of prostate cancer. The average hospital stay is three to four days.

Side effects

While surgery can improve symptoms dramatically, TURP can have significant unwanted side effects. You should discuss the pros and cons of both medical management and surgery with your doctor before you make a decision. 

Common side effects after surgery include:

  • Bleeding after the operation – this usually reduces over time and should stop after four weeks.
  • Retrograde ejaculation – after surgery to treat an enlarged prostate, most men are able to have erections and orgasms. However, they may not ejaculate because the bladder neck is removed along with prostatic tissue. This causes the ejaculate to collect with urine and pass out in the next urination.


Less common unwanted effects of surgery include:

  • Urinary symptoms do not change – sometimes surgery does not cure your urinary problems. Even though the blockage has been cleared, the bladder irritability may continue and you may still have symptoms such as being unable to empty your bladder completely and nocturia (passing urine more than twice during the night).
  • Erectile dysfunction (impotence) – after surgery, some men are unable to get or maintain an erection sufficient for sexual intercourse. This is more of a problem for men who had erectile difficulties before their operation. This problem may be treated by medication.
  • Urethral strictures – when scarring occurs in and around the urinary tract, it can cause further blockage to urine flow. Strictures may need to be dilated or need further surgery.
  • Urinary incontinence – sometimes surgery results in being unable to hold or control the flow of urine. This may be due to continuing bladder problems or, less often, to sphincter muscle damage.


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    15th Sep 2017
    Ok I saw the picture. Why are my eyes watering.
    15th Sep 2017
    Ouch, I and many men I know have just simply applied a Glutathione patch and found this is amazing for attending to these problems. As simple as applying a band aide, no drugs, no chemicals, no harmful side effects and no terrifying procedures. Even had people no longer needing to use the regular catheter they had been using for years. However, as we often find new technologies are not for everyone so please accept this as "some alternative' people appear to use, but could be of interest for some?
    15th Sep 2017
    ahhhh, there you are, I wondered where you got to,still running that pain patch scam.
    15th Sep 2017
    Yes btony, and you are correct - there are many that do not find relief with the patches but these are the ones that do not understand the technology or just follow the supposed scam reports and look no further. Of the hundreds of thousands now using the patches it is found they produce around a 95% or better success rate for what they are being used for. We would love to have a chat with you sometime and explain all this or are you simply painfully happy going on the misdirected advice of people not even using the patches?
    15th Sep 2017
    I've been going to the Urology Division at Royal Brisbane for 12 months or so because of an enlarged prostate. I,m not too bothered by the side effects of this, such as slow and relatively frequent urination. This being the case, they haven't pressed the surgical option on me, and after reading this article, I can understand their reluctance. There has been no mention of 'patches' as a treatment option either!
    15th Sep 2017
    GiGi, this patch technology is used in hospitals in Europe and elsewhere about the world and are also accepted by the TGA in Australia but the medical system here is still very much in the dark with this new technology. However, they are learning. There is a problem as there is nothing in their education or experience here to teach them on these new technologies - so we just pass on the message where we can.
    15th Sep 2017
    that's because its a scam .The TGA gave it a rating of 1,the same as a tongue depressor or a bandaid. enough said.
    bye bye painpatchrob
    17th Sep 2017
    GIGI and others. The patches are now used by millions of people around the world, are sanctioned by the medical organisations in over 100 countries, are accepted by a Ministry Health and accepted as a Class 1 Medical device in Europe (Lifewave is the first Direct Selling company in history to accomplish this), are extensively used for disaster victims around the world including Australia, are used for injured military personnel, have been trialled and are being used by one of the most respected people on the world for pain management and have actual extensive clinical studies proving their effectiveness.

    Then you have people that do not understand how the patches can work, have never even tried them and through the mentality of their thinking call the whole organisation a scam. More unfortunate, while thinking they are doing something wonderful, they can actually be directing people away from what they may actually need? We know there are scams about but it is not Lifewave!

    What we love about Your Life Choices is that you have the choice to consider what is presented and even act on it if you wish? That is everyone’s personal decision. We suggest to keep an open mind on anything presented in YLC be it the patches or many of the other great suggestions. But NO ONE should be given miss-direction against anything that is already proving effective and then perhaps missing out on the one thing that could assist them.
    17th Sep 2017
    had a turp done 4 weeks ago and although the very idea of a 'rebore' conjured up fear inducing images of a Black and Decker wielding madman attacking my old feller I had only one night in hospital and had catheter removed and was sent home day after procedure.
    Nothing scary, but just some discomfort during healing process. I was also diagnosed with prostate cancer very recently so a biopsy was performed with the turp with no added discomfort, pain or inconvenience. For any man out there with tears in his eyes just thinking about the process, fear not, the thought of a 'rebore' is worse than the actual process. If your doctor recommends a turp, take the advice you're paying for.

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